17 Dec 04
After weeks of speculation it was announced today by Eric Clapton that legendary 60s supergroup Cream will reunite for 4 shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The venue was the scene of the trio’s last appearance in 1968.
Concert appearances have been scheduled for May 2005. Information regarding ticket sales has not yet been made public. These are the only Cream concerts scheduled. Details will be posted here on whereseric.com as they become available.
Eric Clapton made the announcement on BBC Radio 2’s Johnnie Walker show. The shows will be recorded. Eric also said that tickets will go on sale soon.
After leaving John Mayallâ€™s Bluesbreakers in 1966, Eric accepted drummer Ginger Baker’s offer to start a new band. Eric suggested bassist Jack Bruce. During its two-year life span, Cream – as in “cream of the crop” – released four albums: Fresh Cream (1966), Disraeli Gears (1967), Wheels of Fire (1968), and Goodbye (1968). The band’s performances were not a series of three-minute hit song recreations but featured ground-breaking long-form improvisation around album cuts. The band’s final two performances on 26 November 1968 at London’s Royal Albert Hall were filmed. Farewell Cream has been released on DVD demonstrating the band’s continuing popularity over the years. In the decades since the band broke up in late 1968, countless musicians have pointed to the power trio as an important influence on their own playing and style and the hard rock genre.
Cream reunited once before in January 1993 when they performed three songs at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.